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Galicia is really a Celtic-like region situated within the mysterious northwest of Spain. It's eco-friendly, dense, and misty, with locations varying from tranquil beaches to incredible mountain tops and medieval towns. Vigo is really a small subdivision of Galicia found on the attractive western coast of the country. This really is Spain's most Atlantic territory, and probably the most fascinating area within the entire country. Galicia stretches in the isolated Castilian flatlands towards the gorgeous seacoast. Wineries are available everywhere, and also the craziest mountain range in most of Spain, the Picos de Europa, is situated here, too. Vigo is known for its small town quaint Spanish appeal, isolated access, and mystical, unruffled charm, which wins over tourists invariably.
 
The luxurious diversity of Galicia is breathtaking; also it remains somewhat isolated from people from other countries. Typically, vacationers to Spain need to be amongst the bustle and party existence of Barcelona and Madrid, but to overlook Galicia would be to lose out on seeing among the purest types of intrinsic geographic beauty in the whole world. The encompassing town of Santiago de Compostela hosts a cathedral that allegedly houses the remains of St. James the Apostle. For more than 900 years, vacationers and pilgrims have visited this ancient, in the past significant location. Shrines, places of worship, and hospitals of history are scattered through the northwest.
 
Gallego may be the official Galician language, which is carefully associated with Portuguese. Nearly all road signs have been in Spanish. Several distinctions similar to this differentiate Galicia and also the northwestern region in theother parts of Spain.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships dock at Muelle de Transatlanticos, which is an easy walk from the city. All you need to do is cross the Avenida del Castillo waterfront promenade, and you are there. If you are visiting Vigo for a short while, then don’t waste your time hanging around the port, all the best places are in town.  A Tourist Information Office is located some 300 yards from the pier.

Lots of people choose to simply walk round the scenic town of Vigo, skipping motorized transportation. However, if you want to travel beyond walking distance, contact Cooperative Auto-Taxis de Vigo (986/296-957).
 
Getting around Vigo is equally easy, because you can walk pretty much everywhere if you have two or three hours to spare. However, if you are short on time and don’t fancy a bit of exercise (old Vigo is a bit hilly), you can easily get around by bus. Vigo’s bus service is very good and it connects all the main municipalities and districts. The electronic way of payments is cheaper than the usual ticket and it also lets you change buses without having to pay for a new ticket. Taxis are also available in Vigo and are always an efficient way of getting around. You could take a taxi to the top of Vigo (perhaps the Plaza Eliptica at Plaza Francisco Fernández Del Riego – a shopping centre) and then wander back down, through the narrow streets and Plazas.
 
Things to do & See
The one thing you don't want to miss, enjoy some of the most beautiful coastline in the world during a drive along the scenic coastal road to La Toja, a city where you'll experience true Galician culture - rich in historical significance and home to a church that is completely covered in seashells.
 
The earliest provincial capital in most of Galicia is situated in Lugo, just miles from Vigo. Close to the Camino p Santiago, the main one-and-a-half mile Roman wall was built-in the entire year 260 and it is the final remnant on the planet out of this particular epoch. Amazingly enough, after a lot of centuries, still it completely surrounds that old capital of scotland- Lugo. The cathedral within is a mixture of Medieval, Baroque, neoclassical, and Romanesque styles.
 
The Museo Provincial is situated within the Plaza de la Soledad (982/242-112) featuring a significant assortment of sundials. This museum is a superb place to discover the heritage and culture from the Galicia region. Situated among the good thing about lush, eco-friendly Nature, the Museo Provincial is definitely an intriguing and enjoyable historic site. Explore the ruins of Santa Maria de Dozo.Visit the famous El Berbes or fisherman's area to see the Oyster Market. Explore the oldest part of the city, with its twisting streets, flights of steps and old mansions.
 
Santiago de Compostela
Capital of Galicia, Spain, this city is dedicated to honoring St. James the Apostle or Santiago as they called him. Pilgrims traveled long distances from all over Europe to come here.

St. James Cathedral
This is the destination of the 9th century medieval pilgrimage, known as the "Way of St. James." The cathedral was built in his honor on the spot where it is said his remains were found.

Bayona
The news of Columbus' Discovery of the New World was first heard in Bayona in 1493 on arrival of "La Pinta". Climb up to the Castillo de Monte Real, a castle converted into a Parador, a luxury hotel. Fabulous views. Explore the replica of Columbus's second biggest ship anchored in the port.

Pontevedra
An ancient town and medieval port, this quintessential Galician town features an old town, a market and a promenade along the waterway. Its modern district boasts a stunning bridge over the river.

Wine-tasting
White wines from the heart of Galicia's Albariño wine country have risen to international acclaim among wine aficionados. Sample the Albariño grape variety of several noted estates.

Pilgrim Museum
St. James Cathedral has a museum whose access is located at the crypt that displays a collection of tapestries and archaeological pieces.

Vigo
Discover the largest city in Galicia and heart of the Rías Baixas. Enjoy fabulous views over the bay, admire an elegant 17th century manor house - Pazo Quiñones de León - with stunning gardens and sample some local delicacies.

Cíes Islands
Cíes Islands Nature Preserve, part of the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park.
 
Beaches
Excessive development has damaged the South of Spain and areas of southeast The country, and consequently, the northwestern beaches of Galicia are becoming a lot more well-liked by each passing year. By now, you may still visit Galicia in the center of summer time and discover a nearly tourist free, gorgeous beach. However this will certainly change, especially with all the recent promotion from the northwest. The only real wild card may be the weather, which is frequently an issue mark in this area. However, when the sun is intense, you'll be treated to the best beach days anywhere. Llanes Beach and Cudillero are a couple of faves that provide wide-open areas and great swimming conditions. The sands of Luarca and Murose are very enjoyable too.
 
Dining Out
Mesón p Alberto is really a cozy and classic venue for outstanding Galician food. The bar is great, and also the surtido p quesos Gallegos offers heaping servings of the 4 scrumptious local cheeses. Request some membrillo, that is quince jelly, and together with the tasty brown corn bread you'll have a tasty snack. Situated at Rúa de Cruz 4 in Lugo, Mesón p Alberto (982/228-310) also includes a fabulous dining facility and great main courses. Anexo Vilas is situated at Avenida Rental property Garcia 21 (981/598-387). The steak and garlic clove taters really are a feast fit for any traveling king, so make sure to visit this excellent establishment. The fish and clams are a couple of more areas which are greatly popular.
 
If you love seafood, then you’ll definitely appreciate the choice in Vigo where everything is freshly caught and served up in style.There are lots of places in Vigo that are open for lunch, from noon until 3pm. The best way to pick the right one is to walk around, read the menus, and just follow your intuition. However, here are some places that are well-known for their excellent lunch menus.
If you are looking for somewhere close to the port, then Meson Los Arcos, Bajada a la Fuente and Bar Cocadero Le Piedra are great for fresh oysters and other seafood. All these places are on Calle de Pescaderia – look just behind the open air stalls selling oysters.
But if you are looking for more than that, you should go to Plaza de Compostela. This square is well-known for many fine restaurants and food bars, like the Meson Jamoneria (famous for its tapas), La Yuca, and La Cata.
 
Having a break from shucking the oysters that Vigo is famous for! Even if you are planning to have lunch on board of your cruise ship, you should consider having a plate of freshly harvested oysters with warm and crusty local bread as a starter. There are not many places in the world where you can taste something as delicious as that! The tip is not included in the bill and is not obligatory. However, it’s polite to leave 10 to 20 percent, just like at home.
 
Shopping
There are plenty of shopping opportunities is Vigo. Main shopping areas are found along the central Gran Via and Puerta del Sol streets. The popular department store, El Corte Inglés, is located about 3 miles from the cruise port.
 
As it has an abundance of pretty little shops, as well as large shopping centres. One of the most popular shopping centres is Plaza Eliptica at Plaza Francisco Fernández Del Riego, which gets nearly 4 million visitors every year. Most shops are open Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 8pm. Lunch break is quite long, between 1 and 3 p.m., but large shops often don’t close for siesta. There is also a big shopping centre right next to where the ship docks. This is a handy short cut up to the top of the first hill – use the escalators to get to the top and then exit into the town.
 
Bolillos is where travelers can lay their hands on the exquisite lace jewelry, table linens, and collars crafted through the women within the tiny fishing port of Camarinas. Bolillos is situated at Rúa Nova 40 and is a superb store to stock on very affordable lace clothes along with other works of art.

  
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